Raspberry Pi

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    Does anyone here have one? I plan on ordering a Rev. B soon, see if I can customize it into a well rounded media streamer. Haven't looked at anything yet, but hopefully XBMC runs on it in some form or another.
     
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    I got one a while ago for the same purpose. Unfortunately it was (still is?) useless as a media center as nearly everything I tried to play back was extremely choppy (SD content), wouldn't even start (720p content), or would freeze the Pi (1080p content). I haven't even tried to stream media to for a few months now, I've been using it for emulation of older consoles like the SNES and Genesis, and handhelds through the GBA. I don't know if it's still terrible as a media center, but you might want to have alternate uses for it before ordering.

    Also it doesn't like adapters, so make sure you have a full size SD card of at least two gigabytes.
     
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    KDH, when you tried its media capabilities did you try it with the openelec linux distro or not?
     
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    The GPU drivers (which handle the video decoding) are still under development, I haven't tried xbmc but I think it should still handle a bunch of codec fine as long as you use the latest version of the software and Raspberry-pi firmware.
    MPEG-2 and VC-1 hardware decoding codec are available but you need to pay a licence for them, more info are available on the official website and forum.
     
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    Well thats lame. I wanted to do the same thing.
     
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    IIRC, it should support hardware decoding up to 1080p. So I guess it's all a matter of kernel and software support.

    Phew, I was going to buy one too for the same purpose. Luckily I went for a ultracheapo $99 tablet which can read L5.1 1080p h264s without a single hitch.
     
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    Actually I couldn't get that one to run, I was using RaspBMC.

    But again, I haven't tried it in a few months, using it instead for emulation. For all I know it's the best solution availible for under $50 by this point. And I do wholly recommend getting a Raspberry Pi, all I'm saying is make sure you have more than one use in mind, just in case it doesn't immediately do what you want it to.
     
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    If it doesn't work as a media streamer its a battery backup Web server. Or both. And an emulator hub.
     
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    How good is emulation of retro systems on it BTW?
    And does it come with a TV out?
     
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    It has hdmi out and audio line out.
     
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    It's absolutely fantastic for SNES, Genesis, GBA, and anything prior to that. It has a RertoArch port now, so I assume it handles all of the RA cores well, but I haven't installed that yet. I haven't seen anything related to N64 emulation on it, but PSX emulation looks promising and will probably be what I set up after RetroArch.

    Also in addition to the HDMI out it has a composite video out so you can connect it to older TVs.